Gender Differences in Online Dating: What Do We Know So Far? A Systematic Literature Review

Abramova, Olga; Baumann, Annika; Krasnova, Hanna; Buxmann, Peter (January 2016). Gender Differences in Online Dating: What Do We Know So Far? A Systematic Literature Review. In: Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-49). Kauai, Hawaii. 05.01.- 08.01.2016.

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With millions of users worldwide, online dating platforms strive to assert themselves as powerful tools to find dates and form romantic relationships. However, significant differences exist in male and female use of this mate-matching technology with respect to motivation, preferences, self-presentation, interaction and outcomes. While existing research has routinely reported on gender differences in online dating, these insights remain scattered across multiple studies. To gain a systematic insight into existing findings, in this study we conduct a meta-review of existing research. We find that evolutionary theory generally holds true in online dating: Users still follow natural stereotypes when it comes to choosing a mate online. Physical attractiveness is the key criteria for men; while women, being much more demanding, prioritize socio-economic attributes when choosing a male partner. Together, our structured findings offer a deeper insight into the underlying dynamics of gender differences in online dating.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Information Systems
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Information Systems > Information Management

UniBE Contributor:

Krasnova, Hanna

Subjects:

000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

Projects:

[391] The Impact of Social Media Use on Subjective Well-Being and Performance of Adolescents

Language:

English

Submitter:

Alisa Petrova

Date Deposited:

30 Sep 2015 14:02

Last Modified:

25 Feb 2016 14:50

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.72034

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/72034

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